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Image description: a collage of images from the 2018 Vancouver International Film Festival. Filmmakers accepting awards, creators in question and answer sessions.


38th Vancouver International Film Festival

September 26-October 11, 2019

In 2019, VIFF will screen more than 180 features and 80 shorts in a multi-venue showcase of exceptional films from around the world. VIFF takes great pride in championing international cinema's most exciting new voices, offering diverse programming, fostering enlightening dialogue and hosting the world's largest showcase of contemporary Canadian cinema. Kore-ada Hirokazu (Shoplifters), Sean Baker (The Florida Project) and Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann) are but a few of the now-renowned filmmakers who attended VIFF early in their careers.

Furthermore, we’ll once again expand the frame to include talks, workshops, performances and other unique Films+ events that celebrate innovations in screen-based storytelilng. At VIFF's 2018 edition, these events included creator talks with the likes of Jean-Marc Vallée (Sharp Objects) and Michael Schur (The Good Place), a VR/AR immersive exhibition, four conferences and Wu-Tang Clan's RZA performing a live score for the kung gu classic The 36th Chamber of Shaolin.

"As one of the largest film festivals in North America, VIFF concerns itself with building the right audience for accepted movie makers..." - MovieMaker

"A festival for a public of cinephiles that treats its foreign visitors with the greatest amount of care" -  Senses of Cinema

2019 Submissions are now closed.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their work.


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